David Siegel is a personal chef and culinary instructor in Brooklyn, NY.
David has been cooking for most of his life. It all started with chicken soup, and an enthusiasm for creating delicious and satisfying meals for friends and family took off from there. He started working at restaurants while still in high school and then decided to study Hospitality Administration at Boston University. He cooked through college and continued slinging pots and pans in Boston after graduation.
Craving a change of scenery and new horizons, David moved to Portland Oregon in 2005. He quickly immersed himself in the dynamic food scene there, cooking at various notable restaurants. Portland helped tune him in to the beauty of cooking simply with seasonal ingredients. Many off hours were spent at home, re-trying new techniques learned at work and building on that knowledge. David started the East Side Dining Club with friends and together they put on a series of pop-up dinner events. The success of this venture led to his first executive chef position at the newly opened Belly Timber Restaurant in South East Portland.
David presided over the kitchen and a weekly-changing menu there for two years. The East Coast was calling him back, though. Before answering that call, he spent nearly a year traveling through Asia and Europe. He settled in Brooklyn near the end of 2010 and set to work connecting with the peerless food world of New York City. Since then, David has been working as a personal chef and teaching culinary classes. He has also helped develop menus and products in the local artisan food community, and has helped local markets build a social media presence.